High-conductance, low-leakage diamond Schottky diodes
Schottky diodes formed of Al, Au, and Hg on diamond have been characterized as a function of plasma treatment and thermal annealing. Plasmas formed from N2O, H2, or O2 result in high surface leakage, while plasmas formed from N2 or from CF4 with 8.5% O 2 result in total leakage <1000 e/s. Annealing the diamond at 660°C before the Schottky diode is fabricated causes an increase in the forward conductance with n-factors approaching one. This annealing removes a compensated subsurface layer that often occurs in diamond during normal processing.
Geis, MW; Efremow, NN; Von Windheim, JA
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